Our Team


Rutger Bruining

Founder and CEO

Rutger graduated with a degree in Business Economics from the University of Amsterdam and in 2004 started working as a strategy consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. Three years later he moved to New York for an MBA at Columbia University, after which he became Investment Director at Arle Capital (formerly Candover) in London. In 2013 he quit his job in private equity to focus on his love for history and stories: he founded Story Terrace. Rutger likes sports and travelling; on the top of his wish list are Australia and Uganda.

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Alice Nightingale

Managing Editor UK

Alice joined Story Terrace in 2016 having recently returned from a travel trip backwards around the world. She was ready for a new challenge, having worked as an editor for ten years in commercial publishing for companies such as Penguin Random House, Orion and Titan, on a wide range of fiction and non-fiction. Alice loves working with authors and customers and bringing people’s stories to life. One day Alice will write her magnum opus but until that point she is content wrangling with other people’s. Her other interests include: neon, cheese, garage and udon. She is currently reading a weird selection of Bukowski, Augusten Burroughs and Patricia Cornwell and her favourite book is The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon.

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Robert Desmond

Chief Technology Officer

Using his 15 years of coding experience on a range of projects spanning front- and back-end, he is always looking for the next challenge to improve our customer experience. Robert has a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge. Following graduation he spent a couple of years at Softwire, a leading London-based software consultancy, before turning freelance. Robert enjoys cycling and travelling and is currently documenting his ride from London to Auschwitz in a Story Book.

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David Britten

Head of Operations

Life has turned full circle for David. His first job was with a marine insurance broker in London, and now 32 years later he’s back working in the city. David then worked in the Metropolitan Police, and later travelled around Africa, Australia and the USA. Upon returning to the UK, his father asked him to help with a project in France, and he ended up staying for 15 years, working in a range of industries. He returned to the UK in 2012 and later started working for Story Terrace. David’s passions are seeing businesses and people develop. He has 2 children who keep him on his toes, and loves London with all that it offers. Travel and Sports have always interested him, and after encouragement from the CTO he aims to take up cycling!

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Theo Brainin

Product Manager & Design Lead

Theo’s primary responsibilities at Story Terrace include beard topiary and coffee bean adjudication. On the side, he lends a strategic and articulate perspective to Story Terrace’s product development, product marketing and design, contributing a journalistic nous gained working with broadcasters including BBC Newsnight, as well as print publications. Theo holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and a Masters degree in Political Theory, both from Oxford University; as well as a Graduate Diploma in Law. He also holds a signed portrait of himself, which he displays prominently at business occasions.

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Davender Bassi

Marketing Manager

Having grown up surrounded by three different cultures, German, British and Indian, Dave always had a passion for working in an international environment. After completing his degree in Business and Management in Germany, he moved to the UK to earn a Master’s in International Business at the University of Lincoln. Of course, he naturally got drawn to the multifaceted, international city of London, where he has now been living for three years. Dave worked in a variety of industries, focusing primarily on Digital Marketing and E-Commerce, before joining the team at Story Terrace. He is a sports enthusiast, loves travelling the world with his wife, and is very attached to his hometown of Hanover in Germany.

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